DARIEN, Conn. -- The Darien Historical Society is ready for the holidays.
The organization is hosting several holiday-themed events throughout the season starting with a lecture on the History of Christmas at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. The program is known as The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England and "traces the development of the Christmas celebration from the time it was outlawed in 17th century New England through the beginning of the 21st century when all the trappings of a traditional Christmas were in place," representatives with the Historical Society said.
"For most of us, the celebration of Christmas today is the most important holiday of the year," representatives said. "But many of the customs which we take for granted as part of the current holiday festivities and religious celebrations are actually a product of more recent history."
The illustrated lecture comes from noted historian Kenneth C. Turino. Turino is the manager of Community Engagement and Exhibitions at Historic New England and has published several articles on the history of Christmas and speaks widely on the topic.
"He will look at how Christmas was transformed from a rowdy celebration to a family centered event," representatives said. "Among the topics discussed are how the Christmas tree became popular, how halls were decked, and how Santa Claus came to town."
Admission to the lecture is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.
Residents are also invited to come to the society on Friday, Dec. 6, and get holiday silhouettes of children, adults and pets.
"The Darien Historical Society is delighted to once again host professional silhouette artist Deborah O Connor," representatives said. "Ms. O'Connor has over 30 years of experience and is one of a small group of artists still performing this age old craft. Her skill with paper and scissors defies belief, and her silhouettes provide evocative family heirlooms for generations to come."
Sittings may be scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sitting takes five minutes and each original silhouette costs $30.
Make reservations by calling 203-655-9233.
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